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Champions League: Lucas Perez hat-trick in Basel seals top spot for Arsenal

first_imgArsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez seized his chance to shine with a Champions League treble as they outclassed Basel 4-1 away to steal the Group A top spot from Paris St Germain on Tuesday. (Latest Football stories)The Gunners enter the last 16 as group winners for the first time since 2011 and at least know they cannot face favourites Barcelona, who won their group, in the first knockout round.Lucas, making only his fifth start since joining from Deportivo La Coruna for about 17 million pounds ($21.55 million)in August, struck twice from close range inside 16 minutes.He netted again two minutes after the break to become only the sixth Arsenal player to score a hat-tick in the competition.Alex Iwobi made it 4-0 after 53 minutes and it could have been even better for Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez rattled the crossbar with a fizzing free kick.The St Jakob-Park crowd finally had something to warm them on a cold night when substitute Doumbia flicked in a consolation goal after a skilful turn in the area.Arsenal topped the group with 14 points because PSG, on 12, were surprisingly held 2-2 at home by Bulgarians Ludogorets who qualify for the Europa League last 32 at the expense of Basel.PSG would have guaranteed top spot had they won but instead had to snatch a last-gasp equaliser from Angel Di Maria.COMMITTED PERFORMANCE”I thought Ludogorets were a good side — they made a great result that helps us top the group, which was what we wanted,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.advertisement”We did the job in a convincing way, we were mobile and overall had a committed performance.”I think (Lucas) Perez took advantage of the fact we created good chances – he is a goalscorer you know, he has shown tonight he has a good smell for the goal.”Lucas’s only goals since joining Arsenal were a brace in a League Cup win over Nottingham Forest in September, since when he has rarely featured because of an ankle injury.It did not take him long to double that tally though as Arsenal tore into their hosts.Lucas opened the scoring after eight minutes when Sanchez’s chipped pass found Kieran Gibbs and his low cross was missed by Eder Balanta, giving the Spaniard the easiest of tap-ins.Eight minutes later Arsenal were cruising when Gibbs’ cross-shot was parried by keeper Tomas Vaclik and Lucas swept home following a move involving 33 passes – the most in the build-up to a goal so far in this season’s competition.MISSED CHANCEBasel captain Matias Delgado wasted a chance to halve the deficit shortly before halftime with a wayward header.Vaclik was then unable to keep out Lucas’s shot two minutes after the break as the Arsenal striker emulated Mesut Ozil’s hat-trick in a 6-0 home win against Ludogorets in October.Iwobi’s close-range goal was his first in Europe.The news got better for Arsenal as the scoreline filtered back from Paris where Ludogorets, who twice led, held on for a draw that left PSG resigned to second place.All eyes will be on the draw now as Arsenal will hope their reward for topping the group is not a tie with Bayern Munich who could only finish as runners-up in Group D.last_img read more

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Resurgence in General Aviation

first_img He was making his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) will continue to invest in the upgrading of airports and aerodromes, and reopening of airstrips.He was making his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4.“Not too long ago, Jamaica had 64 airstrips, then it went to 52, now it is down to eight. We are determined to open more so that Jamaicans can see a resurgence in general aviation,” he told the House.He noted that aerodromes are being improved, with pilot lounges being installed. “Our work has paid off. Tinson Pen and Ken Jones were recently used as part of the filming of the latest James Bond movie,” he said.Turning to the Vernamfield project, Minister Montague noted that while AAJ is investing $300 million in the undertaking, the entity is not developing the venture.He told the House that a “special purpose investment vehicle” will be formed and the funds transferred.“The development of the Aerotropolis falls under another Ministry and we must separate the matters. We are providing some of the funds for this development,” he noted.Minister Montague said that Government will also be making good on a commitment to ensure that the Lionel Densham Airstrip in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, is up to standard in order to facilitate the opening up of the south coast.“Let me be very clear; this is a one-off investment, as we do not intend to operate this facility,” he pointed out.He further informed that the Government is far advanced in taking over the Holland Estate Airstrip.“This will help the Ministry [of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries] with the Agro Park investment, open a quick pathway to market and provide an additional gateway to the world-renowned Appleton Estate Tour,” he noted. Story Highlights “Not too long ago, Jamaica had 64 airstrips, then it went to 52, now it is down to eight. We are determined to open more so that Jamaicans can see a resurgence in general aviation,” he told the House. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) will continue to invest in the upgrading of airports and aerodromes, and reopening of airstrips.last_img read more

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